Meatless Monday….3 bean soup.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!   We’ve had a wonderful weekend here in central Texas.  🙂  The Texas State Fair opened on Friday, we’re planning to visit the fair tomorrow (Tuesday).  My children have Monday and Tuesday off this week, for the fair and a teacher in-service (6 weeks grade entering day).

On Sunday (yesterday) I decided to make 3 bean soup for Monday dinner.  🙂  I’ve got a repair man coming to fix my drippy ice maker today, so it’s won’t be a good day for cooking.

I’ve said it before, but it bares repeating…. I am not great at meal planning.  I usually have some sort of loose plan in my mind of meals to make, but I rarely plan more than 1 or 2 days in advance.  Horrible?  Yes.

Sunday morning  I decided to make bean soup, but I had not soaked my beans overnight.  OOPS!  I decided to throw caution to the wind and make soup without pre-soaking my beans.  Crazy right?

Fo Shizzle….that’s how I roll.

Monday’s meatless soup can become a meaty soup on Tuesday night, since I am going to be tired after my day at the fair.  Hopefully I will not gorge myself on fried Kool-aid, fried bubblegum and fried beer.  😀

This soup is wonderfully flavorful and so worth the extended time it took to cook it.  11:00 am to 4:00 pm cooking time.

*you could make this soup in the slow cooker, place everything into the slow cooker and cook on high for 6-8 hours, low for 8-10(+) hours*

Ingredient list:

  • 4 cups of dried (mixed) beans.  I used a mixture of Organic Navy Beans, Organic Great Northern Beans and Organic Cranberry beans.
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 green and 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 6 cups of veggie stock
  • 2 cups of water (plus more if needed) I ended up with 4 cups of water in my soup.
  • 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic salt
  • 1 package of sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon of parsley

What to do….

Place 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a cast iron pot.  Saute the onion, garlic, and peppers until soft.

Add beans, spices, stock, tomatoes and water to the pot.

Bring the mixture to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer low and slow (stirring every so often) for about 4 hours.

If you need to, add more water or stock to the pot.  I ended up adding about 2 cups of water during the cooking time.

*You could totally cook this a lot quicker if you pre-soaked the beans*



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I’m making a whole wheat cornbread to enjoy with the soup.  🙂

Are you meatless this Monday?  What are you making?


  1. Hope you have fun at the fair! Ours is soon, too.

    Though, we went to the seafood festival this weekend- that might take the place of the fair this year for us.

    • Seafood Festival…FUN!

      Thanks! We are very excited about the fair!

  2. We love soups like this and make them a lot – that´s one of the good things about the autumn! Didn´t realise it would work without pre soaking, so well done you for giving it a go! Enjoy your time at the fair and not too much fried stuff 🙂

    • I was not sure it would work either. I figured one way or another, I had a post and hopefully a dinner. 🙂

  3. I sure am meatless today 😀 Oh wait, that’s me on every day, haha. I have about 30 minutes between work and my pottery class this evening, so I’ll be scarfing down a quick meal of reheated squash and quinoa casserole from last night.

    And I clearly do not live far enough south, because while Tennessee fairs have fried oreos and fried butter, I have yet to come across fried bubblegum…

    • Clearly. Ha! I’ll take pictures at the fair. 🙂 fried bubblegum is new this year. 🙂

  4. Now that it’s 88 down there it’s soup weather!

    • Word. I know it’s wintery here @ 88 degrees. 😉

  5. Ha! Nice Snoop Dogg shoutout!

  6. fried bubblegum? Do tell me more 🙂

  7. wow, where have I been, I must have followed a link back here to an older post and thought it was the latest…I am behind thinking I was on the home page, anyway, yes, like all of my Vegetarian meals, I only add one ingredient to Meatless Monday Meals to make them taste good to me…MEAT!!!

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